Yorkshire Stop Smoking Study

More people die of lung cancer in the UK than any other cancer. Sadly, that's especially true in Yorkshire, where lung cancer is the single biggest cause of early death. We are determined to change this by funding research that will help people stop smoking so they can live longer, healthier lives. 

What is the Yorkshire Stop Smoking Study?

Yorkshire Cancer Research funds the multi-million pound Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial, the first of its kind in the UK.

Working alongside this hugely successful project, the Yorkshire Stop Smoking Study tests whether people can be encouraged to stop smoking by giving them pictures from their own lung scans, showing possible lung and heart damage. Information is also provided about how stopping smoking reduces the risk of cancer and heart attacks.

Why is this study needed?

It is possible to prevent some forms of cancer. That’s why we are investing in research and programmes to reduce the risk of developing cancer. We know smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and by funding research into stop-smoking projects, we can find ways to effectively lower the number of smokers. This in turn will reduce premature deaths from lung cancer in Yorkshire.

There are many stop-smoking services across the region but more work needs to be done to improve their effectiveness and tackle smoking in Yorkshire. If we can prove that this new approach - combining lung health checks with stop-smoking interventions - is effective, we can roll out similar projects across Yorkshire.

How will the study benefit people in Yorkshire?

This study could reach as many as 1000 people with a life-changing, stop-smoking intervention. The health benefits of stopping smoking start almost immediately with a drop in heart rate and blood pressure. The risk of cardiovascular disease reduces within one year.

Within five years there are significant reductions in the risk of developing cancer of the lung, throat, mouth, oesophagus and bladder, compared to those who continue to smoke. After ten years, the lung cancer death rate is around half that of a continued smoker.

When a smoker successfully quits, there are a whole range of other benefits around their own wellbeing and that of their family and friends. Removing smoking around children helps to protect their long term health prospects too.

Geoff's experience



“When it comes to Yorkshire Cancer Research, it’s because of their initial idea and their commitment I’m sat here in my home, healthy, full of motivation and confidence, I can’t thank them enough.”
Geoff, Pudsey - Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial Patient


Research Programme:
Yorkshire Stop Smoking Study

Prof Rachel Murray – University of Nottingham